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Doing Business with VA


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Doing Business with VA

  1. 1. Doing Business with the Department of Veterans AffairsPresented by: Elaine DeGroot, Deputy Network Contract Manager Network Contracting Office 23
  2. 2. VA’s Mission“To care for him who shall have borne thebattle, and for his widow and orphan, byserving and honoring the men and womenwho are American’s Veterans.” Abraham Lincoln
  3. 3. VA Organizational Structure• Veterans Health Administration (VHA)• Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)• National Cemetery Administration (NCA)• Staff Offices
  4. 4. VHA “VISNs” - Veterans Integrated Service Networks
  5. 5. FY 2012 & 2013 Prime Contracting GoalsCategory Secretary’s GoalsSmall Business 34.0%Small Disadvantaged Bus. (including 5%Section 8(a))Women-Owned SB 5%Veteran-Owned SB 12%Service-Disabled Veteran-OwnedSmall Business 10.0%HUBZone Small Business 3%
  6. 6. FY 2012 & 2013 Subcontracting GoalsCategory Secretary’s GoalsSmall Business 17.5%Small Disadvantaged Bus. (including 5%Section 8(a))Women-Owned SB 5%Veteran-Owned SB 5%Service-Disabled Veteran-OwnedSmall Business 3%HUBZone Small Business 3%
  7. 7. What VA Buys• Information Technology• Medical, Dental and Veterinary Equipment & Supplies, Pharmaceuticals (FSG 65)• Instruments & Laboratory Equip (FSG 66)• Perishable and Non-Perishable Subsistence
  8. 8. What VA Buys (cont.)• Nursing Home Services• Prescription Eyeglasses• Readjustment Counseling Services• Home Oxygen & Medical Gases• Security Services
  9. 9. What VA Buys (cont.)• Grounds Maintenance• Transportation Services• Interment Flags• Medical Transcription Services• Grave Markers & Headstones• Integrated Pest Management Svcs.
  10. 10. What VA Buys (cont.)• Trash, Garbage & Infectious Waste Disposal• Architect & Engineer Services• Construction Services• Office Supplies & Equipment• Office Equipment Maintenance• Consulting & Advisory Services
  11. 11. How VA Buys• Prime Vendor Programs - Med/Surg - Pharmaceutical - Subsistence• National Contracts
  12. 12. How VA Acquires IT• NASA SEWP* (• VETS-GWAC** (• GITSS** (• FSS (• Open Market (FAR Parts 12, 13, 14 & 15) *Mandatory Use **Preferred Acquisition Method
  13. 13. Veteran Entrepreneurship1. P.L. 106-50, Veterans Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development Act of 19992. P.L. 108-183, Veterans Benefits Act of 20033. Executive Order 13360, the Service-Disabled Veterans Executive Order (October 20, 2004)4. P.L. 109-461, Veterans Benefits, Healthcare & Information Technology Act of 2006), December 22, 2006; Effective June 20,2007
  14. 14. VA Hierarchy of Small Business Programs* (Open Market Acquisitions**) 1. Service-disabled veteran-owned firms*** 2. Veteran-owned firms*** 3. HUBZone firms and 8(a) participants (tied) 4. All others (including general small business) *P.L. 109-461 ***Registered in VIP & Verified by VA **Not applicable to FAR Part 8 Acquisitions
  15. 15. P.L. 109-461 Set-Aside AuthoritiesSDVOSB: Competitive – Unlimited by dollar value Sole-Source – Limited to $5 millionVOSB: Competitive – Unlimited by dollar value Sole Source – Limited to $5 million
  16. 16. VA’s P.L. 109-461 Verification Program• Responsible Organization – VA’s Center for Veterans Enterprise – Contact: – Toll-free support: (866) 584-2344• Locate Program Application Information: – – click on Vendor Information Pages database
  17. 17. VA’s P.L. 109-461 Verification ProgramFully electronic and secure application processWho may apply: Owners who are veterans, service-disabled veterans, or eligible surviving spousesEligible Term: One year with no change in ownership
  18. 18. Verification LogosSteal this at your own risk!!
  19. 19. Mentor Protégé Program• Design to enhance the viability of SDVOSBs & VOSBs• Not a funded program• Protégé must be verified in VIP• Non-Monetary incentives for VA prime contractors• Thirty-six month agreements with a 36 month option
  20. 20. Prime & Subcontracting Opportunities• Open market acquisitions & contract awards published in the Federal Business Opportunities System (• VA Forecast of Contracting Opportunities & VA subcontracting opportunities(• Small Business Administration’s Sub-Net (
  21. 21. Improve Your Chances•Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned & Veteran-OwnedRep/Verification*• Register in VIP Database*•8(a) Certification•HUBZone Certification•Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) Contract•Accept Purchase Cards•Competitive Pricing *P.L. 109-461
  22. 22. VISN 23 - VA Upper Midwest Healthcare NetworkVA Health Care System Locations:Minneapolis, MNSt. Cloud, MNBlack Hills HCS (Fort Meade, Hot Springs)Nebraska-Western Iowa (Omaha, Grand Island, Lincoln)Central Iowa HCS (Des Moines, Knoxville)Iowa City, IAFargo, NDSioux Falls, SDVISN Points of Contact:Capital Asset Manager: Peter Yakowicz 612-467-2656Network Contract Manager: Daryl Berg 612-344-2153Chief Logistics Officer Barb Aldeman 319-338-0581 x6415Facility Points of Contact:Facility Chief Engineer Contracting Officer Logistics Officer .Minneapolis Steve Challeen 612.467.2017 Mike Owen 612-344-2144 Terry Hanigan-2148 Bill Bulygo 612.725.2000x4350St. Cloud Dave Ruder 320.255.6364 Jeri Jenkins 320-654-7608 Bill Bulygo 612.725.2000x4350Fargo Dennis Langevin701-239-3760 Stu Eidenschink 605-745-7229 Thomas Kuhn 701.239.3700x2782Sioux Falls Travis Maas 605.336.3230x6041 Crystal Dobbins 605-333-6819 Shaun Battey 605.336.3230x7030Black Hills Bill Baker 605.745.2054 Jody Provorse 605-745-7229 J.R. Huddleston 605.745.2000x2364NWI Bob Yager 402.346.8800x4456 Julie Stout 402-995-4506 Greg Atchley 402-995-4500Central Iowa Paul Rasmussen 515.699.5841 Mike Casper 519-699-5880 John Meyers 608 280-7225Iowa City Ed Ruppenkamp 319-338-0581x7134 Russell Grabill 319-688-3839 Barb Aldeman 319-338-0581x6415
  23. 23. Questions + Answers